HISTORIC PRESERVATION PLAN FOR SARATOGA SPRINGS Saratoga Springs, Saratoga County, NY Team:   Jill Fisher & Neil Larson (LFA) Client:   City of Saratoga Springs,  Completion date:  September 2001 A Plan for Historic Preservation in Saratoga Springs involved working with a 10-person citizen group and preparing a strategy for moving the City forward in its preservation goals.  The first step was to invite the community to share its views on what the critical needs were and what actions might be considered.  From this input, LFA helped develop a series of Goals, Objectives and Strategies that could guide the various City agencies and preservation organizations, such as the Saratoga Springs Preservation Foundation, in their efforts. Over 125 action items were identified as ways to achieve these goals.  Such a massive effort calls for a strategic approach, wherein the easiest and least costly actions are called out for immediate action, while more costly and complicated endeavors are slated for intermediate and long-term time frames.  The Plan was adopted unanimously by the City Council of Saratoga Springs as a policy guide in November of 2001. HISTORIC PRESERVATION PLAN FOR TOWN OF SANDWICH Sandwich, Barnstable County, MA  Team:  Jill Fisher & Neil Larson (LFA)  Client:  Town of Sandwich, Massachusetts    Date:    September 2002  This preservation plan was a component  that completed the Town's Comprehensive  Plan in order that it could be certified by the  Cape Cod Regional Planning Commission.   In addition, the preservation plan needed to  meet certain requirements of the  Massachusetts Historical Commission.  Like  the plan for Saratoga Springs, New York  (above), its development involved significant  public input and participation by community  stakeholders.   Today the plan is being  actively implemented and has provided  support for innovative planning initiatives.  ASSESSMENT OF DEMOLITION DELAY ORDINANCE & SIGNIFICANCE OF POST- WORLD WAR II HOUSING    Newton, Middlesex County, Massachusetts Team:  Jill Fisher & Neil Larson (LFA) Client:  City of Newton, Dept. of Planning Date:   June 2001 Newton, Massachusetts, an affluent first ring suburb of Boston was experiencing a dramatic increase in the number of demolition delay reviews being requested in recent years.  There was speculation that it was due to the housing stock built during the post-WWII housing boom triggering the ordinance's 50-year review threshold.  The project involved developing an evaluative context for domestic architecture and subdivision planning that meets or is approaching the 50-year standard of National Register eligibility and reviewing city preservation and demolition ordinances to recommend amendments to address the issue of recent significance.   NEIGHBORHOOD CONSERVATION DISTRICT BY-LAW  Brookline, Norfolk County, Massachusetts Team:  Jill Fisher & Neil Larson (LFA) Client:  Town of Brookline, Community Development and Planning Dept. Date:    2005 - ongoing The Town of Brookline has been experiencing development pressures for a number of years that threaten the historic character of established neighborhoods.  Although the Town has a number of preservation  tools in place to protect historic resources, including Demolition Delay and local designation of historic districts, further protections were viewed as desirable.  LFA was hired to research Neighborhood Conservation District regulations from around the country, assist in identifying Brookline neighborhoods that could benefit from such a regulatory approach, and analyze current zoning requirements as to how they could negatively impact the historic character of these neighborhoods.  The project also involves creating development review guidelines for those selected neighborhoods that would not generally qualify for full historic district status and the protections such a designation would afford.  The final product will be an appropriate by-law for Brookline that will address the need for flexible regulations for emerging historic neighborhoods.  DESIGN GUIDELINES FOR COLONIAL TERRACES NEIGHBORHOOD Newburgh, Orange County, NY Client:  City of Newburgh, NY Team:   Jill Fisher Date:    June 2005 Colonial Terraces in Newburgh, New York was developed in 1917 as a planned community.  Its designer, Henry Wright, was also one of the designers of the landmark planned community, Radburn, New Jersey, developed a decade later.  In recognition of its significance, the City of Newburgh designated Colonial Terraces an architectural review district, thus requiring owners contemplating alterations to their houses to obtain a Certificate of Appropriateness from the City's Architectural Review Commission (ARC) before proceeding with work.  Despite an earlier study, no design guidelines had been adopted to guide the ARC's review and decisions.   The goal of this project was to come up with a clear set of design guidelines that would reflect the historic importance of the neighborhood, ensure its preservation for future generations, and inform residents and property owners within the district as to appropriate and approvable changes.  One innovation introduced was a list of "pre-approved" items so that the review process could be streamlined in order to address residents' concerns with delays in making emergency repairs, such as replacing blown-off storm doors. SCENIC & HISTORIC ROADS STUDY Town of Cortlandt, Westchester County, New York Client:  Town of Cortlandt Team:  Jill Fisher Date:   January 2007 The Town of Cortlandt, located along the northern border of Westchester County, is experiencing suburban sprawl in areas rich with historic resources.  As a result, the town, in its 2003 Comprehensive Master Plan, established the goal of understanding the impact this could have on historic resources, including historic and scenic roads.  With a grant from the Preservation League of New York State, the town hired LFA to survey its historic roads.  Working with an advisory group, a total of 13 roads were selected for study.  The methodological framework chosen for this study was set forth in the America's Byways publication, From Milestones to Mile-markers-Understanding Historic Roads.  This approach assured a thorough and objective  documentation of the discrete qualities and overall integrity of Cortlandt's roads.  For each of the 13 roads, LFA recorded distinguishing features with digital photography and detailed notes on tax parcel maps; assessed historic and scenic character; and made recommendations concerning their protection and designation.
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